VIDEO: Martin O’Malley struggles to reconcile his support for abortion

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley takes a picture with his smartphone camera in Baltimore

Don’t forget, the 2014 Maryland March for Life is next Monday (March 10.)

On February 19, 2014, Gov. Martin O’Malley was questioned by a student from JHU Voice for Life about his support for abortion and his opposition to the death penalty at the Johns Hopkins University Foreign Affairs Symposium:

Here’s a transcript posted on the video’s YouTube page:

Martin O’Malley: Boy it’s hot in here. Are we reducing heat in Shriver Hall?
Jill Xiang: Hello Governor, I’m Jill, I come from the state of New York. and I’m happy to call Maryland my home. I’m happy you’re here with us. Yes it’s warm in here with so very bright intellectuals here in the room. First of all I want to thank you for your courageous stand here against the death penalty here in your own state. It’s controversial, it’s not very popular, therefore I really thank you for your efforts. It’s a travesty that the minority community has bourne the brunt of this injustice. Having said that, could you please comment on how you reconcile your stance against the practice [the death penalty] and your support for legalized abortion on demand, which is the number one killer of minorities, and as a Catholic in the public square, how would you comment on Pope Francis’s quote that legalized abortion is “the death penalty” for the unborn. Thank you.

Martin O’Malley: I try not to comment on the pope or theological matters, but let me share with you as a person in the public square, how I’ve come to look at these issues. Because I was educated all my life in Catholic schools and it’s very important to my understanding of the public arena is the notion of the common good. And in fact if you look through any of the major talks I have ever given, whether it’s the state of the Union or the Inaugural or the like you will find the recitation of my core beliefs which I believe are the core beliefs of the people of this state. A belief in the dignity of the individual. A belief in our responsibility to advance the common good, and an understanding that we are all in this together. So when it comes the issue of the death penalty, I believe that the consensus was there in the arc of history to realize that the death penalty isn’t effective, it’s expensive, and it doesn’t work; it can’t be fairly applied. And if you need another reason, consider the fact that the vast majority of public executions that take place on this planet happen in the countries, I believe, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, communist China, and the United States of America. So we repealed the death penalty, and also brought crime down to its lowest levels in 30 or 45 years and I still have lots more to say on what we can do to try to support. But what I have issue with, and it wasn’t easy—we weren’t sure we had a consensus. We thought we did though. I want to tell you, one of the important principles of the (muffled) teaching is that one should not use the coercive power of the state unless there is a broad consensus about the use of that coercive power of the state. And on the issue of abortion, I have come to the conclusion that that is a choice that is best left to individual women and their doctors, and it’s not the sort of choice, the sort of coercive choice that any government is very good at making.
(after) One the goals we have had is to reduce infant mortality—something we have reduced to record lows by reaching women, with better prenatal health. We saved 164 lives last year–infant lives–compared to what it had been just five or six years before.

Chick-Fil-A selling fish sandwiches for Lent

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My wife came home from work earlier to report that our local Chick-Fil-A had a sign up saying that for a limited time they would be selling fish sandwiches. Of course, the timing is perfect since Wednesday kicks off Lent with Ash Wednesday. Catholics , and some other Christians, don’t eat meat on Ash Wednesday or on Fridays during Lent (some Catholics still observe the old rules and don’t eat meat on any Friday, Lent or not.)

I couldn’t find much information online to see if this is a chain-wide thing for CFA. However, I’m thinking it might be national, or regionally in certain areas (we’re in Baltimore if you’re a new reader), because I did find this on the website of a Chick-Fil-A in Missouri:

Chick-fil-A Fish Sandwich returns EVERYDAY of Lent

This year not only will we have the Chick-fil-A Fish Sandwich available Fridays but because our guests requested we will have the Fish Sandwich EVERYDAY of the Lent season, March 5th-April 17th.

This isn’t without precedent. McDonald’s added the Filet-O-Fish to the menu after one franchise owner in Ohio experimented with it locally to save his struggling business in an area that was 87% Catholic.

Additionally, you will notice other fast food restaurants either adding or advertising their fish offerings during Lent. Long John Silver’s and other places advertise more and Golden Corral features seafood on their buffet.

This is just another example of a savvy business move by Chick-Fil-A.

The Prince of Darkness weighs in on District 4 races

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Joe “The Prince of Darkness” Steffen returned to blogging last week and a post he made last night referenced the situation in District 4. Steffen has kind words to say about Delegate Kelly Schulz and Wendi Peters in the House race in that district:

All I can tell you, and I have told other people this, is that the only two running for Delegate in the 4th District I’d vote for are Kelly Schulz and her  compatriot, Wendi Peters, whom I first met something like 20 years ago right around the time Bob Ehrlich was gearing up for his first Congressional run.

After recounting Schulz telling him that she is supporting David Brinkley over Mike Hough in the Senate race, Steffen had this to say:

As for me, however, (forgive me, Delegate Schulz!), I am strongly leaning towards Michael Hough if for no other reason that he chose the right side in supporting MDGOP National Committeewoman, Nicolee Ambrose over the defeated Audrey Scott a few years back.  That and the fact that David Brinkley voted for Governor O’Malley’s budget will do it to me every time.

This apparently puts Joe Steffen and Red Maryland on the same side of an issue (they already endorsed Hough.) Due to subsequent events, I’m not expecting that’s something that will be repeated anytime soon.

Wade Kach’s ethics problems

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Wade Kach has been a member of the House of Delegates since Gerald Ford was President. He probably needed to come home long before now, but his plans for coming home  are running for county council and not retiring. He may be retired either way after the June primary if he doesn’t manage to defeat incumbent councilman Todd Huff in the Republican primary.

While Kach’s wife is busy attacking his opponent on Facebook, the delegate himself is running into some ethical problems with his campaign mailings and emails.

Richard Cross first wrote about problems with Kach’s campaign communications.

Cross provided a picture of a letter that was mailed out by the Kach campaign and detailed what was in it:

The mailing then segues into a “questionnaire” soliciting citizens’ thoughts on two issue areas which would seem to highlight perceived vulnerabilities of Kach’s primary challenger, incumbent Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff.
Hey, I get it…politics is a full contact sport. Kach is free to employ such tactics, even though they seem to be a violation of his pledge not to run a negative campaign.
What he is not free to do, however, is to use state resources in the process.
In the mailer, Kach solicits feedback to these questions by email, and lists his official state delegate email address as a proper response vehicle.

Cross also detailed the issues with the Kach campaign email, in which Kach’s legislative email address is used as contact information in a political email:

Clearly the man is either arrogant, clueless, or both. Sitting on the floor of the Maryland House of Delegates and using a state-issued smartphone or laptop to field campaign inquiries is not what I would call doing the job he was elected, and reelected, to do.
Will someone who received either the mailed or emailed version of this communication contact the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics and report this outrageous behavior?
I’ve seen a subsequent Kach email which lists a Gmail address in the body of the message as a contact address. However, the email template still includes the legislative address in a hyperlink in the footer of the message.
Some of the issues may be addressed here.

Read what you missed this weekend on The Quinton Report

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Before I get into the meat of the weekend roundup, I’d like to encourage you to attend the 2014 Maryland March for Life on March 10 in Annapolis.

The Charles County GOP’s Lincoln Douglass-Dinner kicked the weekend off Friday night. Of course, Larry Hogan had a scheduling conflict and didn’t plan to be there, but his campaign went to great lengths to hide where he was going to be (as did the event organizer.) I noted that Hogan was the keynote Friday night at an event for Queen Anne’s County Commissioner candidate Paul Comfort, who faces multiple Republican primary opponents.

Besides Hogan, Brian Vaeth and David Craig missed the Charles County event after being committed to being there. Craig was involved an emergency weather meeting (that ran late) to plan for the winter storm response in Harford County. Of course, that got morphed into under the weather and then much worse after Craig’s people called the event organizers in Charles Lollar’s home county. None of the candidates who attended got there in time for the VIP reception before the dinner.

 

I discussed a couple of things involving the Prince George’s County GOP this weekend – both of which are primary a problem of optics and perception. The first piece I wrote related to the fact that State Senate candidate Janice Fountaine has made some, at best, controversial statements in the past. Some of the past remarks included criticism of Republicans as recently as 2012. Then there were her remarks about masturbation that got all the attention on Fark.com. The other issue is that the leadership of the Prince George’s County GOP apparently created, approved, and implemented a voter outreach campaign named after a biblical plague. The campaign is called Sea of Locusts.

I also noted an appearance by Michael Steele on MSNBC where he applauded and said “bravo” to a vile Spike Lee rant against white people moving to black neighborhoods.

I also discussed blogger Michael Swartz’s observations about what he sees as a lack of substantive messaging coming from the campaign of Larry Hogan. I pointed out that Hogan hasn’t closed the deal yet with many Republicans because of this.

Some other items from this weekend: